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Geoff's Santa

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Am getting out a few Christmas decorations - just trying to get into the Holiday spirit.
And, this little fellow was a gift to my middle son from his Grandmother many years ago - filled with ribbon candy.
Finally last year I got it out and redid for him - and filled with chocolate kisses.




Now he has taken his place on the coffee table - just waiting to be filled.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2013 7:15AM

    What a cutie!

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MARTHA-ANN 12/2/2013 3:24AM

    He's cute Barb and such lovely memories.
We have a rude reindeer of my son's we get out each year and fill with chocolate peanuts, when you press on his back he does a poo...lol... emoticon

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

No plans for today - just a quiet day watching more StarGate with Greg and more knitting. Am knitting fingerless gloves for my daughter - and the pattern is such fun to do.


  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/1/2013 11:50AM

    Very cool about the gloves, your daughter is very fortunate.

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KIM___ 11/30/2013 12:13PM

    Sounds like a nice way to spend the day.

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Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 29, 2013

Well, I was planning a quiet Thanksgiving Day with my two sons and their Dad. And really it was - just seemed long and i was really tired when everyone did leave.

Their Dad come about 1 and we ate about 2 - dinner was quite simple - turkey and the trimmings (dressing, masked potatoes, and gravy) and, of course, pink stuff. We do not have cable tv - so no football. But Dick does like his football on Thanksgiving so he suggested that he and our oldest go looking for one of those antenna that will let you watch tv channels on a computer.

So while they were gone, I cleaned up the dishes and put away the food. They returned just as I was finishing. While they were hooking up our new toy, I fixed the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie and served it. And the pie was really good - even the crust - I have tried all the recipes and still do not make a good crust, but this one really was good. Even the boys commented on it. hee hee.

Then just as i was settling in to do some knitting, my daughter, her husband and their 2 daughters stopped by. They were here for about an hour. I had not had them for dinner, because our apartment is just not big enough to have all of the family. Have done it before and it is way too much for this ol' lady. And, with my oldest son ill, I knew it would be too much for him.

Finally after everyone left, Greg and I settled in to watch another episode of StarGate Universe. We have been watching the series from the first StarGate - has been fun. Some of it i have really enjoyed - this particular series is not that entertaining, but just watching with Greg is so relaxing and comforting.

Greg is my oldest and has terminal cancer - caused by smoking most of his life. He has had all the radiation and chemo - and the doctor told him there is little more that they can do for him, but just to keep him comfortable. We do have an amazing doctor as his primary care - and she is so encouraging. Last night Greg was very tired after everyone left, but he said he did enjoy the day. And he did lay down a couple of times.

Now we are thinking about what we will do for Christmas. I have suggested that instead of a big dinner with a gift exchange, that we just get together a few times during the month, have a few snacks and watch some of the animated Christmas movies. And everyone thinks that would be fun. So Sunday we will be at my daughter's to watch The Little Drummer Boy. Now I need to get out my Christmas boxes and find the movies that I have.

I do pray everyone had a good Thanksgiving Day.

  
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MARTHA-ANN 12/1/2013 3:15AM

    Sounds as though you had a good day and have worked out Christmas well for Greg, hope everything goes to plan emoticon

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WALLINMW 11/29/2013 11:27AM

  You can do this...ONE pound at a time!

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Wednesday, October 16

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Yesterday afternoon Greg and I went to Shari's to see a friend - Holly had worked at the Red Lion and then moved over to Shari's where she is now evening Supervisor. We had not been to see her for way too long - so we really enjoyed visiting with her. She is a very dear friend and has been so supportive of Greg.



Greg is beginning to get some "fuzz" on the back of his head and some along one side. I told he needs to hurry because winter is coming. But, just in cast I did knit a cap for him.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/16/2013 4:25PM

    That is a very nice picture of both of you. Greg looks good.

I've been crocheting chemo caps for myself for the winter. I'm glad to hear Greg is getting some of his hair back. Even so, I bet he will appreciate the cap you made him.

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LILYDOG11 10/16/2013 3:42PM

    Nice picture. The cap will be nice.

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Friday, October 4

Friday, October 04, 2013

Well, did not get to my to-do list this week. When Greg was still living in Medford, he picked up a very special friend, Dale. Dale and his daughter, Sarah, came up to visit in June after they learned about Greg's illness. Then they came again this week. That's about 450 plus miles, depending on which direction you come. And, we had such a good time - they are very loving, caring people.

Then last night Greg was very tired! Sometimes the reality of his condition hits him rather hard. And, last night was one of those difficult times. We talked for a while, but I still am not sure what the key was to his discouragement. Perhaps it was the thought that he may not live to see Dale and Sarah again - the doctor has not given him any time line - so we really have no idea. He did say that if he had some idea about how much longer he has, it might be easier. There are so many things that he has had to give up - his job, his car and driving, his house (well, his Dad's rental that he has been living in) and the privacy he had. He lives with me and another son in a small 2 bedroom apartment. We are comfortable with the way we have arranged living here, but there really is little privacy. Seems like sometimes we just get in each others way. Greg still has most of his things at the other house, but I am sure it is hard for him to go over there, knowing that he probably will not be able to live there alone any more.

It has really cooled down here - 35 degrees right now, but the sun is out so should warm up some today. Looks like it will be a beautiful, Fall day!!

Hope everyone is well and enjoying the cooler weather!!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/5/2013 11:41AM

    Thank you for your post on my SparkPage about your son. I am so sorry to hear about his brain cancer. For me, dealing with the psycological aspects of caner is the hardest part of all. The uncertainty is so difficult. It is good that Greg seems to be able to talk to you about it. My heart goes out to both of you and I will keep you two in my prayers.

I think that getting emotional support is so important for cancer patients and their caregivers....may both of you find much support from many different sources. It's too much to handle alone.

Hugs,
Kay

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LILYDOG11 10/4/2013 8:55PM

    It's so nice to know you have a close and loving family. !! Greg is really lucky in that respect I will be praying for a miracle, and maybe he should pray for Devine Intervention In this matter. emoticon

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